The Russians used S-300 missiles, which hit the city centre

Zaporiyia residents urged to exercise caution after shelling leaves dozens dead

photo_camera REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO - The city of Zaporiyia was still recovering from a missile attack last Thursday that killed 19 people

Emergency services in Zaporiyia have warned residents of the town about the possibility of further Russian shelling, urging people to stay away from the site of the missile strikes early this morning.

At least 17 people have been killed as a result of the overnight Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian town of Zaporiyia, Anatoly Kurtev, the town's mayor, has reported via Telegram, Ukrinform news agency reports.

"As a result of the overnight rocket attack in Zaporiyia, several apartment buildings and some residential streets of the town were damaged. According to preliminary data, five houses were destroyed and about 40 people were injured. At the moment, 17 people are known to be dead," Kurtev wrote.

According to information provided earlier by the head of the Zaporiyia Regional Military Administration, Oleksandr Starukh, the Russian army, which "continues to terrorise the city", launched ten missiles at the city.

The acting mayor of the city, Anatoly Kurtev, also reported on social media that residential buildings were damaged as a result of the missile attack.

"Zaporiyia was once again the target of a massive missile launch. Residential buildings were damaged as a result of the enemy attack. A fire broke out," Kurtev wrote.

The State Emergency Situations Service has warned the population of the possibility of further shelling of the town and asked them to stay away from the site of the Russian missile strikes early this morning, where emergency services are still working.

According to the Ukrinform news agency, citing a Telegram from the State Emergency Service, work is continuing "on the consequences of a massive rocket attack on the city at night".

According to the State Emergency Service, the shelling occurred at 02:00 Ukrainian time (23:00 GMT) and hit the entrance of a multi-storey residential building, from the first to the eighth floor, which was destroyed.

The town of Zaporiyia was still recovering from a missile attack last Thursday in which 19 people were killed, according to the latest official report.

On that occasion, the Russians used S-300 missiles, which hit the city centre.

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